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OPTIMISTIC PERSPECTIVES

Regarding optimistic perspectives of our World, one must consider several standpoints as different as:

  • unreasonable, frivolous «panglossian» optimist approaches, including those derived from the belief on fate and magic or from an a-critic religious/superstitious acceptance of a positive (protective) Providentialism.
  • philosophic/ideologic «utopias» («eutopias») prospectives aiming to lead people to …;
  • objective positive analyses and evaluations of the present global situation and its future improving (progressive) prospectives…

 

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to PANGLOSSIANISM…


 … “It is demonstrable, said he [Dr. Pangloss], that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for as all things have been created for some end, they must necessarily be created for the best end. Observe, for instance, the nose is formed for spectacles, therefore we wear spectacles. The legs are visibly designed for stockings, accordingly we wear stockings. Stones were made to be hewn, and to construct castles, (…). Swine were intended to be eaten, therefore we eat pork all the year round: and they, who assert that everything is right, do not express themselves correctly; they should say that everything is best.

[Voltaire – “Candide ou l’Optimisme” (1759)]

PROVIDENTIALISM

Providentialism is the theist belief that considers all things and events on Earth as being controlled by God
and … … …

CREATIONIST’S «INTELIGENT DESIGN»

A contemporary version of a «panglosian» approach to reality can, somehow, be illustrated by providential «Creationism» and its «Inteligent Design» theories aiming to provide a sufficient explanation to understand of our World.

Ray COMFORT – “Bananas are the atheists nightmare” (2006)

Ray COMFORT – “Bananas are the atheists’ nightmare (2006)

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OBJECTIVE OPTIMISTIC PERSPECTIVES

UTOPIA / EUTOPIA

CONSERVATION

IMPROVEMENT

INNOVATION